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Arts & Culture

Band camp offers music students additional lessons

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – While many youth were enjoying the summer heat this week, two groups of music lovers were hunkered down at Smith Music on 100 Street learning musical set lists from scratch. The local music school held two band camps this week – a beginner’s camp for children aged 6 to 12 and an advanced camp for youth 12 and older. The weeklong camp culminates in a Friday evening show for the friends and family of participants… […]

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Arts & Culture

Community Band looking for a few more members

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – With a core of four solid musicians working on a repertoire of pop numbers, the Morinville Community Band is looking to take the show on the road this summer – at least around the community. The present problem is if the drummer gets sick or the bass player takes a holiday, the band loses a chunk of its groove. A missing vocalist means an instrumental set. A missing guitarist means the band is down to bass line and percussion… […]

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Arts & Culture

Band Camp teaches students to play and play together

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Six young musicians, a dozen songs and a couple audiences are the recipe for a band camp at Smith Music this week. But the week-long project is more than merely learning a few songs and putting on a show; it is about working together as a band… […]

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Arts & Culture

Concert series feeds souls and bellies

Photos by Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Approximately 120 music students took to the Smith Music stage over the Father’s Day weekend in an annual concert series that was one part recital and one part giving back to the community… […]

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Arts & Culture

Smith Music students take to stage this weekend

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The Smith Music concert series has become a Father’s Day weekend tradition in Morinville, providing music students at all levels with an opportunity to share what they have learned and the music school and its students with… […]

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Arts & Culture

Music school expands into music store

By Morinville News Staff

Morinville – There have been plenty of students over the years that have walked in and out of Smith Music with a guitar. Now they can walk in without one and walk out with one. The music school and recording studio has now expanded its offerings to include the sale of guitars and accessories… […]

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Arts & Culture

He’s Hogg wild about music

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A local singer / songwriter was in the studio last week to begin the long road he will travel towards his next album. Justin Hogg, who has been involved in music for as long as he can remember, began recording his second CD at Smith Music Studios in Morinville Apr. 17… […]

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Arts & Culture

Nine-year-old singer records original song [AUDIO]

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – With her hair in a ponytail, dangly earrings in her ears, and dressed in a glittery t-shirt that says SMILE, nine-year-old Alyssa Lincez looks just like any other fourth grader you might meet. But the Georges P. Vanier student has done something few students her age have, written and recorded a song… […]

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Arts & Culture

Music student’s upcoming show part of her lessons

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – A variety of music styles will make up an evening of entertainment at Higher Grounds Jan. 6. Morinville Community High School student Kelsey McKenzie is organizing the show as part of her studies at another local school, Smith Music… […]

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The band that plays together, feeds together

By Étienne Thevou

Morinville – A small group of six Smith Music students have been hunkered down in the 100 street studio this week working on notes, rhythms and tunes to blend them into some sweet sounds in time for an open concert Friday night. As is so often the case when Smith Music students take to the stage, the admission is free so long as you bring a little something along for the Morinville Food Bank Society… […]

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Local News

Broken Walls kicks off Festival concert series

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The 2011 St. Jean Baptiste Festival got off to a solid start Tuesday night with a spirited and spiritual performance by Aboriginal singing group Broken Walls. The three-piece band of Joseph Maracle, Bill Pagaran and Kris DeLorenzi come from Ontario and Alaska. Two of the bands members are from Ontario. Bassist DeLorenzi is from Thunder Bay and lead singer Maracle from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Drummer Pagaran hails from Palmer, Alaska… […]

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Local News

Students hit the stage in concert series [PHOTOS]

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – This week will see five concerts hit town between Tuesday and Saturday, four of them musical acts with plenty of experience in getting their audiences’ toes tapping. But this past weekend saw another five concerts hit town, spread over three days. The Smith Music Concert Series, an annual event that gives students… […]

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Smith Music students set to play the weekend away

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The Smith Music concert series has become a Father’s Day weekend tradition in Morinville, an opportunity for music students of all levels to share what they have learned while gathering donations for the Morinville Food bank Society. Filling the bellies of those who lack the necessities of life… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Business owner grateful for community help

Dear editor:

There have been many times when generous people in the community have come to the aid of Smith Music. From the time the old convent was sold and many arts groups including Smith Music were “homeless” and threatened with insurmountable economic odds… […]

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Talk About the Towns

A Generous Donation

Sturgeon Foundation Executive Director Marguerite Bosvik (left) receives a cheque for $2,000 from Nicole and Dominic Currie of Tyrone Steele, located in Sturgeon County. The community minded company raised $1,000 during its annual golf tournament and matched the funds dollar for dollar. Mr. Currie said he’d learned what the … […]

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Morinville News

Bertschi and Trapani differ on dealing with odour problem

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – During Wednesday night’s All-Candidates Forum held at Smith Music, mayoral candidates Lloyd Bertschi and Joseph Trapani offered different approaches to dealing with residents’ concerns about the odour coming from Champion Pet Foods, Morinville’s largest rate payer … […]